Winter Wonderland Retreat Recap


Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog! I’m happy to tell you that another successful retreat at The Gathering is officially in the books! We had a ton of fun hanging out, stitching, and getting to know one another. Great conversation drove our workflow as we inspired each other with stories, advice, and shared knowledge. Time really flew… It’s kind of hard to believe it was last weekend already!

If you’ve been following along you know we spent a lot of our time focusing on three different projects. They included hand-stitched wool free-standing trees, a winter-themed wool hanging mat, and a cute little lap quilt called, “Flurry.”

After a fun filled couple of days many of the retreaters proudly left The Gathering with lap quilts in-hand! Take a look at some of the awesome color combinations everyone came up with…

Some went with cooler colors in the true spirit of winter and snow including blues, blacks, whites, browns and grays. I can’t decide which one I like best. I love them all!

Others decided on a red and white version. What a perfect little quilt to give to your sweetheart for Valentine’s day! Not to mention it would make a nice entry into our Red & White Challenge.

If you would like to make this darling little quilt a part of your collection, you’ll be able to find it on our website in the next few days – be sure to look for it there! And speaking of the Red & White Challenge, don’t forget – registration is still open! Hit the link below to get your Red & White quilt project in on the fun!

Interested in joining us in the future here at The Gathering for a retreat or workshop of your own? If you haven’t already heard, our next upcoming event will be, Love is All You Need on February 8th, 2022.

The sign-up fee is $150 per person and includes mocha lattes and raspberry scones in the morning, a Valentine’s Day project (your choice between the “LOVE” pillow or table runner), a project kit, class instructed by me, party favors, and a “red” inspired lunch and dessert prepared by Chef Erica. The class will run from 9AM – 4PM. These projects are quick and easy and make great gifts for your Valentine or to keep for yourself as home décor!

We only have a few spots left open for this event, BUT if we get enough interest we will hold a second session on the 12th as well. So if the 8th doesn’t work for you, give us a call anyway – we’d love to fill up another day!

If neither of those dates work for you, consider our, Cuddle Up & Stitch event! It’s a 2-day workshop coming up on Friday February 25th and Saturday February 26th, 2022. Start the day out with Chai Tea lattes and Chef Erica’s homemade flavored cream puffs. Then put your skills to work as you attend my class from 11AM until 4PM. A scratch-made lunch and dinner are included along with project kits and a party favor! The sign-up fee for this event is $200 per student. Lodging can be aded or an additional fee! To sign up for either of these two events (or to find out about other future events at The Gathering), please call Jenny at 920-778-8031, or email her at Spots are limited so don’t wait! Do yourself a favor and sign up today.

That’s all I’ve got for tonight but be sure to check out, Stitch with Lisa Bongean on YouTube this week. We’ll be discussing more Valentine’s Day and Red & White quilt ideas, along with any new announcements and some other fun things. You can catch that on Thursday at 1PM by following the link below. As always please feel free to leave us a comment. Let us know what your Valentine’s Day plans are. Are you working on anything spectacular for your special someone? Tell us about it! I always love hearing about what you’re working on! See you soon! ~Lisa




12 responses to “Winter Wonderland Retreat Recap”

  1. Kristen Trader Avatar
    Kristen Trader

    I visited your amazing shop this past Saturday for the first time and popped into The Gathering with my friends and you gave us an impromptu tour. It was so wonderful. Among other things I purchased the itty bitty twister tool and heart kit. Needless to say-I played at my sewing machine until I finished. I will attend a retreat as soon as timber permits! So fun!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Kristen! Thanks for stopping in. We can’t wait to have you back for a retreat!

  2. Nina Christman Avatar
    Nina Christman

    When will the winter wonderland trees go on the website? I love them and must make them.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Nina! We don’t release these exclusive retreat projects until a few weeks after the retreat has passed. Keep an eye on our website, they should be up soon!

  3. Linda Cates Avatar
    Linda Cates

    I had thumb surgery so I am sidelined for a couple more weeks. I am itching to stitch. The first thing I want to do is work on Dragonfly Dreams and a Spring kit from a wool box. I told my husband that I think I will be able to sew before I will be able to do dishes. See you Thursday on You Tube. Can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate you keeping me going in the past few years.

  4. Sandi Avatar

    Looks like a great time!

  5. Julia Avatar

    t looks like an amazing retreat and all the fabric choices look wonderful. I’d love to come and stay sometime and soak in all there is to see and do. Great blogs about the retreat.

  6. gijane279-Liz Avatar

    I can hardly wait to attend a retreat at the Gathering maybe I’ll make it out for something late spring early summer… Lol by then I might be close to being completely unpacked! You have really made the Gathering beautiful Lisa I’m so happy this dream is coming true for you. Sending virtual hugs and much love your way!

  7. Sue H Avatar
    Sue H

    What a fabulous retreat with amazing projects. I can’t imagine not having fun there. I’ll probably make some heart cookies for Valentine’s Day. Hubby & Mom will enjoy … if I leave any for them! Haha!

  8. sglorch50055964Sue Glorch Avatar

    Hi Lisa, This Winter Wonderland retreat sounds like it was a lot of fun! I love the quilt project, Flurry. Is the pattern available for purchase. Thanks, Sue

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Sue! The retreat was great, I wish you could have joined us! Unfortunately, we don’t have Flurry available YET. We are preparing several versions of it, so it’s taking a little longer to get it up for sale. We’re hoping to release it by the end of the month!

  9. Sue Glorch Avatar
    Sue Glorch

    Great!! I will watch for it. Thanks so much for your reply.

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